Union questions NHS changes

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UNION chiefs have questioned changes to the NHS saying hospitals like the Eastbourne District General Hospital are performing well.

Trade union GMB said all hospitals across the south east had done well to book hospital appointments for most patients within 18 weeks last year. The Government plans to do away with what it sees as unnecessary bureaucrats and replace them with groups of GPs to buy healthcare services and regional secretary Richard Ascough says the Government is gambling with a tried and tested system. He said, “The old maxim in politics is ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’ so it is a disgrace that the Government is prepared to gamble with the running of a life and death service.” The DGH and the Conquest achieved average waiting times of 10.1 weeks for patient referrals from family doctors and 86.2 per cent of people were seen within 18 weeks.